Updated: Oct 27, 2020
Established in 1941, the Southern University Alumni Federation has served as the voice for alumni for over 77 years. The Federation’s mission is to support the goals and objectives of the Southern University System. Consisting of more than 100,000 alumni, the Southern University System is actively engaged throughout the United States and the globe. Led by a history of dynamic, dedicated and capable leaders – the Federation strives to keep graduates connected to opportunities, recognize alumni accomplishments, bring awareness to issues that affect the University and above all continue the fight to preserve the University and its mission.
The Southern University Alumni Federation 40 Under Forty Awards was established in fall 2017 with an official release and celebration of the Inaugural Cohort in summer 2018. In alignment with the Federation’s aim to recognize alumni accomplishments, the 40 Under Forty Awards recognizes Southernites, ages 40 and under, who have made significant contributions to their professional disciplines, local communities, and/or to the preservation of Southern University.
The 2019 40 Under Forty list featured some of the best and brightest young alumni who are excelling in a diverse array of professional disciplines and industries to include, but not limited to: education, health, business, politics, arts, military, media, science, engineering, and technology. These professionals are recognized young alumni who are engaged in sustained local, national, and/or global humanitarian and philanthropic action.
The 2019 Cohort was asked, "What does it mean to be a Southernite" and you can read their responses below by clicking on their photo: